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February 8, 2013
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  • Feds give $500,000 grant for alt-fuel projects in N.C.
    The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $500,000 grant to North Carolina's Alternative Fuel Implementation Team. The grant is intended for projects that will aid in the wider adoption of alternative fuels such as propane autogas and biodiesel. The effort is a collaboration among major energy associations and agencies in the state, including the North Carolina Propane Gas Association, the Biofuels Center of North Carolina and state's Solar Center. Winston-Salem Journal (N.C.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • LNG export fight picks up
    The question of whether exports of liquefied natural gas should be allowed is splitting related industries. Dow Chemical recently left the National Association of Manufacturers for what it said was the organization's support of gas exports. The push for LNG exports comes largely from low natural gas prices due to shale gas production. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2030 forecast: A technology-driven building industry
    By 2030, technological advances such as building information modeling, three-dimensional printing and assembly-type building materials will facilitate project completion by 50%, according to this piece. "Increased precision, energy performance, and sustainable construction will result, with better quality control and much less job-site waste" that will make construction more similar to a manufacturing process, writes Phillip Bernstein. Engineering News-Record (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Energy majors are undaunted by Arctic drilling risks, report finds
    The challenges of safety, infrastructure, taxes and royalties haven't discouraged energy majors from exploring the Arctic's offshore resources, according to an Ernst & Young report. Drillers have discovered 10 large oil and natural gas basins in the Russian shelf with proven reserves, according to the report. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Give the mower a maintenance check for a carefree spring
    To avoid problems in spring, give the lawn mower a maintenance check to ensure that it will run properly, says Margaret Wicks, co-owner of the Mid Coast Mower & Saw in Atascadero, Calif. Check the machine's spark plug and its fuel, which could go stale if it sits around a long time. Sharpen the blades and have the machine serviced to check for other issues, Wicks advises. The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Propane Training Gets Marketers in the Sales Game
    The Marketer Technology and Sales Training program offers background on new propane technology along with hands-on sales practice for marketers. The Propane Education & Research Council is offering the classes nationwide. Learn more in the Propane Today blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Free Winter Storm Safety Material from PERC
    The Propane Education & Research Council has a variety of safety materials for winter storms that can be shared with customers. The Winter Storm Preparedness module takes less than 10 minutes to complete, is available in English and Spanish and can be e-mailed. A free brochure on the Propane MaRC on Essential Propane Safety in High Snowfall Areas stresses "Keep vents clear. Appliance vents and chimney flues must always be clear of snow or ice." It can be printed and distributed. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What bosses should do instead of micromanaging
    It's tempting for leaders to micromanage their teams and big projects, but it's important to resist that urge, writes CollegeHumor CEO Paul Greenberg. Instead, focus on doing the things that nobody else in your organization can do: solving strategic problems, putting together a winning team and securing the resources your company needs to succeed. CNNMoney/Fortune/You Can't Fire Everyone blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can you still remember your company's values?
    A company's highfalutin statement of values won't count for much if nobody can remember it, writes Mary Jo Asmus. Keep your company's statement of purpose short and to the point, and consider investing in gimmicks to make them more memorable. "Print them on wallet-size cards, have them in your e-mail signature line and/or have an artist come up with pleasing wall hangings," Asmus suggests. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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